DNA on empty drink can led police to Gatton school thief

THE law has caught up with a man who broke into a Gatton school almost four and a half years ago and stole some fire extinguishers.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday, Ryan Nathan Swan, 22, (pictured) pleaded guilty to illegally entering the Lockyer District State High School and damaging some of the its property.

The offending took place in July 2011, when Swan was 18 years old.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Rose Molinaro said Swan broke into the school's hall, removed two fire estinguishers and discharged them outside before leaving. A number of empty Bunderberg rum cans were later found at the crime scene.

A DNA sample was taken from the mouthpiece of one of the cans which matched the the profile of Swan. He was arrested for the crime on July 9, 2015.

Magistrate Deborah Vasta said the dated offence seemed to be "a bit of a prank" rather than malicious act.

"You can see how your DNA stays in the police system and can come back to haunt you," she told Swan. He also pleaded guilty to failing to appear in court on September 7.

For both charges we was convicted and fined $300.